Running TypeDB on an M1 MacBook

I tried running TypeDB on my M1 MacBook using ./typedb server, but it results in the following error:

Exception in thread "main" java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: Can't load library: /var/folders/5v/95_mbj013y93vsmc8xps0stm0000gp/T/librocksdbjni8182124459810412816.jnilib
    at java.base/java.lang.ClassLoader.loadLibrary(ClassLoader.java:2393)
    at java.base/java.lang.Runtime.load0(Runtime.java:755)
    at java.base/java.lang.System.load(System.java:1953)

This error looks like it might occur when running a Java program with an incompatible JDK. What can I do to resolve it?

If the running JDK targets aarch64 (ARM), the architecture used by an M1 Mac, then an UnsatisfiedLinkError is thrown at startup. There is no native ARM build of TypeDB yet, so in order for TypeDB to run correctly on an M1 MacBook you need to ensure that a JDK that targets x64 architecture is installed.

For example, to install Eclipse Temurin (based upon OpenJDK):

  1. Visit https://adoptium.net/en-GB/temurin/releases/?version=11 to browse Temurin releases
  2. Select the .pkg distribution of JDK 11 with operating system MacOS and architecture x64
  3. Download and install the Java binary displayed in the list below
  4. Verify that Java was installed correctly by running java --version; the output should match the downloaded JDK version

Please note that this method relies on MacOS’s Rosetta translation, which will inflict a performance overhead on the application.

Homebrew installation

Homebrew users may also need to run brew in x86_64 mode to install TypeDB under Rosetta with Apple Silicon (see macos - How to run the Homebrew installer under Rosetta 2 on M1 Macbook - Stack Overflow for details). The command might look like the following:

arch -x86_64 /usr/local/homebrew/bin/brew install typedb

Please be aware that this installation may take a very long time; in particular, several prerequisite packages including gettext need to be compiled from source under Rosetta, which is not cheap. It may be advisable to avoid using Homebrew on M1 Mac for now and falling back to just downloading the tar.gz archive and installing x86_84 Java separately.

Hi Alex, thank you for this note. Just a heads-up for you guys: I am using Mac M1 pro and have set up x64 JDK11 as suggested above. However, after I installed the latest typedb (v2.12) via brew install typedb, the Java UnsatisfiedLinkError persisted. The error went away when I download typedb (v2.11.1) from Vaticle.

Hi Alan,

Homebrew users may also need to run brew in x86_64 mode to install under Rosetta with Apple Silicon (see macos - How to run the Homebrew installer under Rosetta 2 on M1 Macbook - Stack Overflow for details).

1 Like